Canada supports community organizations to fight monkeypox outbreak

Ottawa, July 22 (IANS): The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) said the government is partnering with community organizations to tackle the country’s monkeypox outbreak.

In a press release, PHAC announced a total of 350,000 Canadian dollars ($280,000) to support community organizations in Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa, the regions hardest hit by the monkeypox outbreak, the report reported. Xinhua news agency.

The health agency on Wednesday confirmed 604 cases of monkeypox in the country.

“Each community has its own unique ways of sharing information,” Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said in the press release, adding that this funding will allow organizations to amplify what they are already doing, increasing and maintaining awareness of the risks of monkeypox. and share information in the most effective and persuasive way possible.

The funding will help organizations that work with gay and bisexual men increase their capacity to respond to the expressed needs of their communities for prevention, education, awareness and anti-stigma activities, said the PHAC.

The agency said it is working closely with provincial and territorial public health partners to ensure coordination of the national strategic response, and that provinces and territories determine their vaccination programs based on their unique circumstances.

According to PHAC, as of July 18, Quebec has administered 12,553 doses of vaccine to high-risk individuals. Most regions of Quebec have opened up vaccination to the population at risk.

Monkeypox is a viral disease that can be spread from person to person through close contact, including sexual contact, with the skin, bodily fluids, mucous surfaces, and contaminated objects of an infected person, such as toys sex, or shared personal items, such as clothes, linens, bedding, towels, toothbrushes and utensils, according to PHAC.

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